North American Saddle Mule Youth Association was established by
the Board of Directors in 1996 to provide an organization for youth
in the Saddle Mule industry to have the opportunity to earn
recognition for their efforts on behalf of the Saddle Mule, to
provide financial assistance for the pursuit of higher education and
to provide an atmosphere in which youth can learn positive values
through trail riding, family activities and competition.
is defined as anyone eighteen years and younger as of January 1st of
the current year. Ownership of a mule or donkey is not required to
enjoy membership privileges.
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Youth memberships are available for $10 per year and all youths are
encouraged to participate.
This nationally respected and highly diversified NASMA Youth Program
continues to enjoy strong industry support while developing "today's
youth" into the mule and donkey owners/producers of the future. A
variety of educational events are offered to members throughout the
year. In addition to competing in mule shows, open horse & 4-H
shows, competitive trail rides, coon mule jumps, and mule races,
NASMA youth members and their mules also participate in organized
NASMA trail rides, training clinics, cookouts, and pizza parties.
Each year, two $500
Scholarships are awarded to NASMA seniors in high school who
have met certain criteria and will be continuing their education.
NASMA believes that NASMA Youth are the future of the
Association and will continue our efforts to promote, protect, and
enjoy the Saddle Mule in the future.
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GARRETT 2016 NASMA YOUTH SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT
Becca began her show career at the age of two at the
Oklahoma State Fair
she showed her donkey, Oklahoma Tango in the halter division
earning a blue ribbon. This was the first of many trips to
the show ring throughout her life to this point. She has
traveled all over the United States showing donkeys and
mules and this has become a great passion in her life
earning many Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion
titles. She has also learned that sometimes she comes out of
the show ring without a ribbon and to use this to work
harder for the next show.
While participating in the 45th annual Bishop Mule Days
event in Bishop California Becca received the title of World
Champion Model Saddle Mule with Rising Moon’s Patchasaurass
(Patch). Together she and Patch have become a great team
with many accomplishments but the World Title in Bishop
California is her most coveted award with him.
Becca began the training of her donkey Oklahoma’s Painted
Lady (Dixie) when she was fifteen years old. With hard work
and determination along with a great animal they
accomplished a goal that Becca had set for herself several
years ago. This year at the 47th annual Bishop Mule Days
event in the Dozer Beaver Cowboy Tough Western Pleasure
Class she and Dixie had a wonderful go earning the first
place title. Winning this large class at the age of eighteen
years old against many seasoned and professional riders was
a win that will forever remain one of her greatest
Every afternoon when school is out you will find her on her
donkey or her mule practicing in preparation to go to the
next event. She has helped expand the family business
“Garrett Mammoth Jackstock” in showcasing the abilities of
mammoth donkeys. She also has a great passion for helping
children who want to learn to ride and compete.
Becca joined the FFA chapter at her high school when she was
a freshman. She has competed on many teams through FFA as
well as doing a Proficiency on specialty animals (donkeys
and mules). She placed 3rd in the state her sophomore and
junior year in Specialty animal production
entrepreneurship/placement. She built on this agriculture
proficiency and placed first in the State of Oklahoma her
senior year and will compete at the national level this fall
at the National FFA convention. She also received the Star
Greenhand award at the FFA banquet as a sophomore and has
held a FFA office for two years.
Becca was honored to receive the Masonic Lodge Student of
today award as a senior at Stilwell High School along with
several other awards. She graduated with honors ranking 5th
in her class with a 4.29 grade point average.
Becca plans to attend NEO A & M College in Miami, Oklahoma
this fall where she will compete on the Equistrian Team
while seeking a degree to become a registered nurse. She
plans to further her career and become a nurse anesthetist.
Many special people have helped Becca along the way and she
is so very thankful for each of them. She realizes she would
not have had the success she has achieved without their
help. When she steps in the saddle in the show ring she will
have a leather cross on her saddle horn that says “Cowboy
Tough” representing the greatest cowboy she has ever known
and her inspiration. Most of all she is thankful for the
talent and abilities that God has blessed her with and to
him she gives all of the glory.
Meanwhile back at the ranch she is living life knowing her
Dozer is cheering her on in every competition she enters
NASMA Versatility Contests
The 2016 NASMA Youth Versatility contest is open to all
NASMA youth attending the National Mule & Donkey Celebration
in Shelbyville, TN. There are two divisions offered this
year: 10 and under and the youth division (ages 11-18).
The versatility contest will include class placings, an
exam, and a presentation on the chosen topic in the
Contact Jayne Zajicek by email at
to sign up for the versatility contest. Jayne will begin
mailing out the information packet to those who sign up
sometime around the end of April. Your email of intent
should include your name, birthdate, age, address, and
project animal name. Five Star saddle pads will be awarded
to the champion and reserve in each division.
NASMA Youth Director – Lee Ann McCuiston, Trenton,
NASMA Youth Committee members: Heather Bauer and
NASMA Youth Directors for the 2015-2016 year:
Maci McCuiston (Kentucky)
Hannah Heath (Texas)
Becca Garrett (Oklahoma) Tessa
NASMA Youth: The Great Celebration Mule and Donkey show is
just around the corner (July 7-9, 2016) in Shelbyville, TN,
and I would like to invite you to participate in the Circle
Z Donkeys Youth Versatility Contests during the show.
This year the contest will be divided into two contests. One
for the 10 and under youth division, and one for the youth
division. Depending on which division you are in, packets
will be e-mailed to you for that division. These packets
should help you study for your test and identification
portions of the contest. Remember, what will be on the test
and identification portion will be covered in this packet
and questions should be answered parallel with information
within the packet.
The 10 and under youth contest individual scores will be
made up from four different events including, test score,
tool identification score, art score, and performance class
The Youth contest individual scores will be made up from
four different events, test score, driving equipment
identification score, oral score, and performance class
In order for you to participate in the program, I will need
you to e-mail me the following information (email@example.com):
your name, the name of the animal you will be using to
compete on for this program, whether it is a mammoth donkey
or mule, your age and the division you will be participating
in, your address, and your e-mail.
Written Test Scores: Included in the packet of
information is a unit on driving an animal for the youth
division, and grooming your animal for the 10 and under
division. This information should help you study for
your test. Remember, information on the test will be covered
in this packet and questions should be answered parallel
with the information within the packet. Questions on the
test will be multiple choice and will include 15 questions
each worth one point for a total of 15 points.
Any contestant who would prefer to take the written portion
having it read aloud to them can request this through e-mail
to me and I will make sure I have it set up for you prior to
10 and under youth division
Grooming Tools and Products Identification: Included
in the packet of information is information including
identification of tools used in the grooming process, what
they are called, and how they are used. This information
should help you study for the Identification portion and
test portion of the contest. Tools and products off of this
information sheet will be displayed and participants will
need to match the tools and products to their proper name
and use. This portion of the contest is worth 15 points.
10 and under youth division
Art Coloring Picture: Included in the packet of
information is a coloring picture. You will need to color
this picture as if you are coloring it for an art contest
because that is exactly what we are going to do. The
pictures will be displayed in the top portion of the arena
where people will vote for their favorite piece of art. The
youth having the most votes will get a special award. You
can give the picture to me when you get to the show. This
portion of the contest is worth 10 points.
Driving Equipment Identification: Included in the
unit on driving is information on the equipment used for
driving including the parts of a harness and how they are
used. This information should help you study for the
Identification portion and test portion of the contest.
Equipment out of this unit will be displayed and
participants will need to match the equipment to the proper
name and use. This portion of the contest is worth 15
The time requirement for Contest competitors is 3-5 minutes.
The competitor is allowed one 81/2” by 11” visual handout to
be given to the judges. The handout can include text and
pictures (color is acceptable). You will need to provide 5
copies of your handout.
Competitor’s speech should be spoken on any grooming product
or tool that would help the competitor prepare their animal
suitable for the show ring. Competitors need to cover the
following topics in their speech:
- Discuss what the product is.
- Explain the importance of the product and why a
competitor should use the product.
- Describe how to use the product properly.
- Why do you like the product?
The oral presentation is worth 10 points.
10 and under and Youth divisions
Performance Class Scores: Performance class placing’s
that will count toward the Circle Z Donkeys Youth
Versatility Contest score are: Showmanship, Hunter under
Saddle, Donkey/Mulemanship, and Trail. The individual’s
placing in each class will be used for points toward their
score. Regardless of the number of participants in each
class, 1st place will receive 6 points, 2nd place will
receive 5 points, 3rd place will receive 4 points 4th place
will receive 3 points, 5th place will receive 2 points and
6th place will receive 1 point. The top 3 individual class
placings will be used for the points toward their total
score. This portion of the contest is worth 18 points.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me
Jayne Zajicek, Circle Z Youth Versatility Coordinator, at
firstname.lastname@example.org at any time, or get in touch
with me at the NASMA National Show in Shelbyville.
Good Luck and Have Fun!
Thank you to:
Jayne Zajicek and Jay Jaxtheimer
Sponsor of Champion Award - Youth
Circle Z Donkeys
Sponsor of Reserve Champion Award
Terry and Glynda Bates
Sponsor of Champion Award – Youth
10 and under
Rock Point Farm
Bodie and Kerri Myer
Sponsor of Reserve Champion Award - Youth 10 and under